Maryland men’s soccer defender Matt Di Rosa was selected by Toronto FC with the No. 25 overall pick in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft Thursday. Shortly after, his twin brother, Ben, was selected by New York City FC with the 17th pick of the second round.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the two will have the option to return to Maryland for their senior season this spring. That decision will have to be made before Feb. 19, when the college season starts.
The Di Rosas head to the MLS after three seasons at Maryland, including the Terrapins’ 2018 national championship. The duo started all 21 games last year alongside each other as the team’s full backs.
Matt, a winger converted to a left back, will join former Terps Patrick Mullins, Tsubasa Εndoh and Omar Gonzalez in Toronto. The twins are taking opposite sides in an MLS rivalry, which has recently included NYC FC eliminating Toronto from the MLS is Back Tournament.
The twins originally hail from nearby in Washington, D.C., and attended Bethesda Academy. They are the first-ever set of twins to be drafted in the MLS SuperDraft.
Making History.— Maryland Soccer (@MarylandMSoccer) January 21, 2021
Ben and Matt Di Rosa are the first set of twins ever selected in the MLS SuperDraft! pic.twitter.com/s8PDLvOTY4
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Before Matt and Ben Di Rosa were drafted, Maryland men’s soccer shared some clips from its first practice of the spring.
"I couldn't be more proud of the first day."— Maryland Soccer (@MarylandMSoccer) January 21, 2021
Day one ✅ pic.twitter.com/lGDmwuz90i
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